Corporate governance orientation guide for new directors

Between 2011 and 2014 we worked for the Energy Chamber of Trinidad & Tobago and lead the production of a series of corporate governance guides as part of an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) funded project. These guides are available on the Energy Chambers' website. We referencing them here and providing direct access those files as matter of convenience for you, as a reference to our work, and to promote the work of the Energy Chamber in this regard.

On good governance practice is provide a systematic induction programme for all new directors when they join an organization's governing body. We help organizations design these to ensure that effective work of the board and all of its members. 

Even before a person joins a board, or governing body more generally, they need to know what to expect so that their decision to join is informed and responsible. The chairperson of the governing body, usually with the assistance of the corporate secretary, are accountable and responsible for the induction of new board members. 

Orientation Guide for New Directors

This guide is relevant for directors, or governing body members more generally, across many types of organizations - publicly or privately owned, state bodies or non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Amongst the topics covered in this summary guide are:

  • The board
  • What you should know
  • Directors' time commitment
  • Director profile
  • Director evaluation
  • What is a conflict of interest
  • Duties of directors
  • Executive, non-executive and independent directors

Access the other Guides on Corporate Governance from the Energy Chamber

Axel Kravatzky

Dr Axel Kravatzky helps governance and strategy leaders innovate with fresh, high standard 21st Century approaches. He is purpose-driven, experienced and highly qualified (BSc, MSc, PhD from LSE). His passion for working with teams and leaders to make an impact goes back his education at UWC. He is currently Syntegra's partner leading the governance and strategy practice, lead educator and guide at and, as well as co-convenor and editor of ISO/TC309/WG1 Governance of Organizations. You can also find him recharging energy in the outdoors - preferably mountains or the sea.

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